I am so excited to be sharing this gorgeous DIY play teepee tutorial on the blog with you today. It’s something a little different to my usual posts but I got such an amazing response to the photos I shared of it a few weeks back with lots of requests to share how we did it, so here it is!
I would love to take all the credit and say I made it but I’d be lying… as to be completely honest, Josh did it all! He really is such a clever guy. I definitely think all those years of watching his Mum slaving away on her sewing machine when he was younger have paid off, as he whipped this teepee up in just a couple of evenings after work.
I had been wanting to get Bella something similar to this for a while but I found that most of the ones available to buy pre made were extortionately expensive. So we thought we’d try our hand at making our own instead. We used the most gorgeous Toadstool fabric from The Great British Curtain Co who stock such a huge range of beautiful fabrics that it made choosing which one to use, a very tough decision! As well as fabric they also offer wallpaper, roman blinds and made to measure curtains so be sure to check them out.
You Will Need
- 6 meters of fabric
- 4 x 60” dowels / broom handles
- Pom pom trim (optional)
- Cotton thread in a colour that will match your fabric
- Sewing machine
- Fabric Scissors
- Firstly you will need to cut the pattern out of your fabric. The easiest way to do this is to draw the design out onto a large piece of paper (we used wrapping paper!) then cut this out and pin to the fabric and then cut the fabric around the template. Always make sure to iron your fabric before cutting it, it will make it a million times easier.
- Take your square base (3) and on one edge press a double folded hem of 1.5cm to conceal the raw edge, I usually pin this to help hold it in place before stitching a straight stitch all the way across. Once that front edge hem is completed place the base to one side until later.
- Take both door panels (2a & 2b) and lay them on top of each other with the pattern sides facing inwards. On the straight edge from the top stitch down by 25cm, 1.5cm in from the edge using a straight stitch. Then open the two halves out and press the newly stitched joint flat. Now you need to stitch a straight stitch across the top of the door opening to add strength, this should be approximately 3 cm either side of the joint (Make sure the raw edges are pressed flat but not together). Once you have added the strengthening stitch to the top of the door opening you can begin to hem the inside edges and bottoms of the doors. Using the same method used in step 1 again, press a double folded hem of 1.5cm to conceal the raw edge down each internal edge of the doors, pin this to help hold in place before stitching a straight stitch all the way down to the bottom. Repeat this process across the bottom of each door panel.
- Next, you need to hem across the tops of all the triangle panels including your door panel (2). Using the same method you used in step 1, press a double folded hem of 1.5cm to conceal the raw edge across the top of each piece (2, 1a, 1b & 1c)
- Now you can begin to stitch all the side panels together and create the pockets for the poles. Take two triangle panels (1a & 1b) and lay them on top of each other with the patterns facing together, pin down one of the sloping edges to hold the two pieces together whilst you sew. 1.5cm in from the edge stitch all the way down with a straight stitch, make sure you reverse stitch and go back over the top 2cm where the top hems meet to ensure that you have a strong hold where the poles come out of the top. Now you have stitched them together open them out and fold them back on themselves so that the pattern is on the outside of both pieces. Press the seam that you have just stitched to get a crisp edge (make sure that the stitch is properly pushed to the edge). Keeping the patterns facing out you need to stitch in the pocket that will hold the poles. You need to stitch a straight stitch from top to bottom 5.5cm in from the edge that you just pressed using a straight stitch, again at the top make sure you reverse stitch and go back over the top 2cm where the top hems meet to ensure that you have a strong hold where the poles come out of the top. Now this process needs to be repeated for all four corners.
- Now that all four panels are sewn together with pole pockets down each side, you need to enclose the bottom of the pole pockets to stop the poles sliding out of the bottom. Simply tuck the raw edges inside the pole pockets by around 1.5cm and stitch straight across the bottom. (Make sure you don’t stitch beyond the pole pockets!)
- The last step for your tent is to sew in the base of the tent. Pin the wrong side of the base to the right side of the tent along all three raw edges. Stitch leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance (being careful not to sew those pole pockets), trim the seam to approx. 1cm then zig zag stitch to neaten it all up.
- If you wish to add the pom pom trim then simply use a straight stitch to stitch this onto the inside of the two doors. If you have one, a zipper foot will make this easier.Ta daaaaaaaa! You should have one beautiful teepee play tent made with a whole lot of love!
We used a piece of ribbon to tie the poles together at the top to keep the fabric taut.
Do a couple of reverse stitches at the beginning and end of all seams for extra strength.
*This is a collaborative post*